When you take a kayak tour with Adventure Kayak Outfitters along Sarasota’s Lido Key, you’re taking a little kayak in paradise. Sarasota is world famous for its Siesta Key Beach, but along the Gulf of Mexico is this hidden treasure called Lido Key, a beautiful little estuary in Sarasota Bay, which is home to many different types of wildlife, and we are proud to show it all off on our kayak tours.

kayak in paradise

Sarasota Bay is located between the keys (or barrier islands) which separate the Gulf of Mexico from the mainland of Florida, making it so popular for guided kayak tours. This is mainly due to the marine life that lives here and the many mangrove islands which protect it. In the local ecosystem you can find dolphins breaching, and manatees; that not only enjoy the shallow water and canal systems, but enjoy eating the sea grass the shallow water provides.

In addition to the manatees and dolphins, there are plenty of native birds such as pelicans, herons, egrets, osprey, roseate spoonbills, hawks and bald eagles. You can often see snook, sheepshead, pufferfish, sea stars and many other fish which these birds feed upon too.

Once you head into the protective and exotic mangrove tunnels, a whole other world awaits. It’s quiet and filled with nature at the same time. The shallow waters are filled with crabs, as well as crabs crawling upon the mangrove branches; there are fish and snails in the water too. It’s a learning experience for sure. Our experienced native Floridian guides will fill you in on all there is to see and learn about. By the time you’re done, you will become well acquainted with the creatures that call this ecosystem home!

The original Adventure Kayak Outfitters launch location on Lido Key in Sarasota is just minutes from Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice. Book your tour today, and don’t forget your camera!

Kayaking is an excellent way to explore Sarasota and Lido Key. There’s so much more to Sarasota than Siesta Key and beautiful beaches! Let’s explore what to expect on your kayak adventure.

Kayak Adventure

A kayak tour is the perfect way to make your Sarasota vacation more memorable. What better way to connect with family and loved ones than with a kayak trip on the water exploring the beautiful estuary of Lido Key? Our experienced guides get you up close and personal with dolphins, manatees, local exotic birds as well as other native wildlife. These are memories that will be cherished for a lifetime!

Kayaking can be just as exciting as it is relaxing. Of course it’s exciting when you come across a manatee or a dolphin. Our experienced guides will teach you all you need to know about safety and paddling. You’ll also be equipped with safe kayaks as well as clean and comfortable life vests.

Yes, just about anyone can kayak, but there are different types of strokes that make kayaking easier, especially when we go explore the exotic mangrove tunnels in Lido Key. There is the forward stroke which is most commonly used. On occasion you will need to use a kayak reverse stroke, especially if you want to go back and get a better look at something or to slow down. There is a sweep stroke, should you want to spin around.  There is also something called the kayak draw stroke, this is mostly used when you want to go sideways, or pull up alongside something like a mangrove tunnel to let someone pass, or perhaps slide next to a buddy to snap a photo!

If you want to try something new and exciting, and see a side of Sarasota you can’t typically see, schedule a tour with Adventure Kayak Outfitters, the original kayak outfitter, you won’t be disappointed!

There’s always something to do here in Sarasota. Why not try something other than laying on one of our beautiful beaches? Get out and explore our beautiful area in a way that you can’t by any means other than kayaking. Check out these 8 reasons everyone should go kayaking.

Everyone Should Go Kayaking

  1. It’s a great way to connect with nature. Our launch location on Lido Key is nature at its finest. You can encounter so many different types of wildlife, while exploring a beautiful ecosystem.
  2. Kayaking is a wonderful way to explore new places. There’s no other way to explore the exotic mangrove tunnels of Lido Key than by kayak. They’re quite the sight to see. It’s a great escape from the sun, and they’re a place many different sea creatures call home.
  3. Kayaking is the perfect way to connect with friends, family, and to meet new friends! What better place to bond than on the water! The most beautiful memories can be made on the water.
  4. Kayaking is also a wonderful way to exercise. Not only is it a cardio vascular exercise, but you’re also working just about every muscle in the body!
  5. Connecting with nature is the perfect way to release stress. Between the beautiful gulf views, the calm bay waters, the sounds of the native birds, and the paddles dipping in the water, the whole experience is serene. It’s a great escape!
  6. Kayaking can be done by just about everyone. Whether you bring young children along for the ride in a tandem kayak, or older ones out on their own, people of all ages can enjoy a kayak trip. The nice thing about kayaking is that it is easy to learn. Our expert guides teach even beginners how to kayak, and you’re outfitted with safe kayaks, as well as life jackets.
  7. Getting to a kayak is easy. If you don’t own one, you can rent one, or go on a tour. We can even drop one off to you!
  8. Bottom line, kayaking is just plain old fun! Just about everyone can do it, and it can be done alone or with a group. It’s the perfect outdoor activity!

Adventure Kayak Outfitters offers tours, rentals and group tours. Book your adventure online today and save $5.00.

We all strive to be a bit healthier, whether it’s done by eating better or by adding a bit more activity to our lives. Kayaking has many hidden health benefits and is a fun and exciting way to become more active. Not only is it adding a different aspect of fitness to your life, but it is a great way to get together with family and friends, doing a low impact activity, in a gorgeous environment here in Sarasota Bay!

Kayaking Health Benefits

There are many health benefits to kayaking. First and foremost, kayaking is a great cardiovascular activity. The continuous movement raises the heart rate and increases cardiovascular health. Aerobic exercise can also increase endurance, and flexibility.  There are physical aspects too. Kayaking works muscles in many areas of the body including arms, legs, shoulders, back, chest and abs! It’s a total body workout! You can paddle as hard or as easy as you’re comfortable with.

Kayaking can also improve mental health! The open water is very meditative and helps to bring both positivity and clarity to your mind. What is more tranquil than floating on beautiful blue water? Whether you are out on a trip with family or friends, it’s a great way to meet new friends and find people with similar interests as you! Because kayaking is such a low impact activity, it is suitable for all levels of fitness, making it a great opportunity to meet many different types of people. When you spend time outside in nature, and combine that with exercise, you’re bound to be happier.

Adventure Kayak Outfitters offers both kayak tours and kayak rentals. They are both great ways to get out and enjoy the beauty that is Sarasota! Our kayak launch location on Lido Key in Sarasota is just minutes from Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice. Book your tour today online and save $5.00.

Spring Break is here! Now is the perfect time to spend some time in paradise with the Original Adventure Kayak Outfitters. And Lido Key, just off of Siesta Key is truly paradise, so gather your friends, and get together for a day of fun on the water!

paradise spring break

We offer both kayak rentals and eco kayak tours, so whether you want to venture off on your own, or have a guided tour, the choice is yours. We even deliver to you free! With either one, you only need to book in advance. And when you do, if you’re booking a tour, you save $5.00 when booking online! Plus, we NEVER charge booking fees, so it’s a win-win!

Kayaking is a great way to get away from the beach and check out one of our area’s hidden gems, the exotic mangrove tunnels. While kayaking the mangrove tunnels, you will see different types of mangroves, learn about their contribution to our unique ecosystem, and how they help to preserve the mainland. The mangroves provide a shady retreat during the leisurely little trip through them. The water is so clear you will see fish swimming beneath you, there will be tons of fiddler crabs climbing the mangroves, and perhaps you’ll even see a sea star or two.

paradise spring break manatees

Once you exit the mangroves, you have the chance to encounter so much more ocean life. On your kayak tour you could encounter dolphins playing in the bay. They are always a joy to see! We could also see some manatee’s lounging around. There are usually plenty of snook and mullet jumping about. Native birds are pretty abundant, they love fishing in the Sarasota Bay. We typically see pelicans, egrets, osprey, and even bald eagles. Of course we can’t guarantee that you will see each of these, but our expert guides will point them out for you along the way!

Valentine's DayThings to do in Sarasota (Part 3)

Many visitors feel that Sarasota is a place to get away from it all and relax. Yes, that might be true for some, but others, love our beautiful area for all it has to offer. We have nightlife; you can relax at the beach, we have shopping galore, and plenty of water sports.

After a fun filled day on the water, what else can you do some may wonder. Located in close proximity to downtown Sarasota is Siesta Key Village. The village is everything you’d expect from a beach town. It is quirky, quaint and fun. There are plenty of places to stop and get a drink, eat, and of course, plenty of shopping!

If you’re going to be in Sarasota for Valentine’s Day, you won’t want to miss their Valentine Stroll. On February 14th, EVERYONE GETS A KISS. Yup, you read that right; all you have to do is look for pink and red balloons at participating merchants. There will be live music throughout the Village, and those merchants participating will be distributing candy kisses! There’s no need to worry about parking, there will be a pedi cab as well as golf carts taking you from the Siesta Public Beach parking lot to the Village.

A little later in the month, head on down to Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road to take part in the 23rd  Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival. The festival features more than 100 crafters showing and selling their work in an outdoor gallery. If you want it, you can probably find it with everything from jewelry to artwork. You don’t want to miss this. The festival takes place on the weekend of the 25th.

 


		

Having fun doesn’t have to cost money. There are so many things to do in the Sarasota area, and since you can’t put a price on happiness, here are a few things you can do in Siesta Key that are free!

Go to the Beach!Siesta Key Beach Sarasota

Our beaches are free! There is no charge to get into the beach, or to park your car in the lot. This is
pretty amazing because Siesta Beach has some of the finest, whitest and in the world. The water is also very calm and clear which makes it perfect for swimming. Grab your sunblock, a towel, a good book and anything else you need to complete your perfect beach day. Stay through till the evening to see one of the best sunsets on the west coast!

Collect Shells

Anther fun thing to do is to collect shells. Turtle Beach on the south end of Siesta Key will have the most shells on the island. Shells can be found on all of Siesta Key’s beaches (Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach), but Turtle Beach has more due to its location, and because it’s much less crowded than Siesta Beach.

Go Diving

Also located on the southern end of Siesta Key is Point of Rocks. This is arguably the best place on the west coast of Florida for snorkeling. There are more than 100 yards of limestone ledges to explore. The calm waters make for a perfect beginner dive. Parking can be difficult, so it is best to go in early morning and get a spot at beach access No. 12. Parking spots are limited and are usually filled by mid-morning.

Stay tuned to catch our next edition of “Things to do in Sarasota”.

Whether you are local to the Siesta Key area, or visiting, Siesta Key should be on your to-do list. There really is something for everyone.

Beach Siesta Key Beach

If you are looking for powder soft white sand, that’s the place to go. The sand is not only soft, but it isn’t hot. So while you’re running from the water to your blanket, your feet won’t get burnt! The sunsets there are amazing – the thing postcards are made of. The water is beautiful and calm. The beach goes on for miles, as mentioned the sand isn’t hot, so it’s perfect for walking and running. If you’re paying attention, you can see dolphins swimming from time to time. On Sunday nights, locals get together for a drum circle. This takes place every Sunday, (even holidays) and begins a few hours before sunset. Siesta Key SunsetVisitors can simply sit and watch, or even jump in on the fun.

Shopping

Right next to Siesta Key is Lido Key. St. Armand’s Circle on Lido Key has some of the most elegant shopping and dining anywhere.  John Ringling of the Ringling Brothers Circus used to call this place home. He dreamed to make this area a major tourist attraction and didn’t live to see it happen, but today his dream is a reality.

Activities

The possibilities are endless when it comes to activities in this area. There are miles of canals, and beautiful lush tropical landscape everywhere. If you are a nature enthusiast or bird watcher, this is the place for you. Travel down to the point of rocks to find some of the best snorkeling in the west coast of Florida. Turtle Beach is the place to go looking for shells, and is located on the southern tip of Siesta Key. Go to Lido Key for water sports of all types. Tournament class fishing, both inshore and offshore is available too with the almost 1000 species of fish we have. Sailing, boating and sunset cruises are available too.  Lido Key is also the place to go kayaking. Paddlers will find a lush mangrove forest for lazy

Mangrove Tunnels
Kayaking Lido Key Mangrove Tunnels

paddles, as well as open water areas where viewing of dolphins, manatees, and other wildlife will occur. We offer kayak tours twice daily. It is always an adventure, so bring your camera!

You can visit the Siesta Key area and do it all. If you’re looking for relaxation, sit on our beautiful beach and take in some rays. If you want excitement and dining, we have all of that too. Your adventure awaits!

Kayaking in Lido Key

Right outside the hub of St. Armand’s Circle in beautiful Sarasota lays the beauty of Lido Key. Lido Key is surrounded by gulf waters and Sarasota Bay. In South Lido Park, the waters are calm and serene. There’s so much to see. Guided kayak tours through the mangrove tunnels are one of the top highest things to do here in Sarasota. Our kayak trips have something for everyone.

Sarasota Bay

Sarasota Bay hosts about 140 bottle nosed dolphins that play in our waters. Manatees also call this home. They love it here because of the shallow waters filled with sea grass.

Kayaking is much more than just getting in the water and going. Whether it be a guided tour, or a rental there are so many options for both.

  • Our guided tours are fun for the whole family. We offer both Manatee and Dolphin tours which allow you to experience dolphins & manatees up close and personal in their native habitat. Our n13600209_10210092767574740_6117976550622424597_native Floridian guides are both informative and entertaining.
  • The Mangrove Tour allows you to explore the shallow waters of Little Lagoon and navigate your way through the maze of exotic mangrove tunnels that lead you into the sun-filled grass flats of brushy bayou and Big Grass Lagoon. There is truly excitement around every corner, and the lush mangroves offer some shade to cool off from the sun.
  • With a kayak rental the choice is yours. Renters have the ability to explore the open waters and the mangroves at your own pace. There is even a little sand bar. You can pull your kayak up and sit and watch boats go by, wade in the refreshing water, or catch some rays!

No matter how you spend your time here, the beauty and abundant wildlife will create memories to last a lifetime.  Besides seeing dolphins and manatees, there are many different types of fish, crabs, starfish and beautiful native birds! It’s always an adventure with Adventure Kayak Outfitters

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